Family Friendly Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

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My kids aren’t fussy eaters at all, but sometimes I like to make them a dish that I know they will love as a special treat. My family friendly teriyaki chicken meatballs recipe was just such a meal.  The kids have been really good, they had to eat so many (accidentally) hot Indian dishes, when I was testing recipes for “An Indian ThermoKitchen” cookbook.  Then I moved onto the Mexican cookbook. They started off loving the idea of nachos, tacos and burritos every night, but after a while, they just wanted a plate of plain old bangers and mash.

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Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

Julie Carlyle
This is a simple, family friendly recipe. Cooking the meatballs in the oven is a real time saver as you can make the sauce while the meatballs cook!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Australian, Japanese
Servings 40 small meatballs


Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 kg chicken mince
  • 120 gm onion quartered
  • 15 gm fresh ginger
  • 15 gm garlic
  • 225 gm canned pineapple reserve the liquid for the sauce
  • 3 slices wholemeal bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 100 gm soy sauce
  • 50 gm cooking sake
  • 100 gm mirin
  • 60 gm brown sugar
  • 80 gm reserved pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbs cornflour
  • 2 green shallot finely sliced to garnish
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds garnish


  • Preheat oven to 210 degrees Celsius.
  • Prepare a large roasting tray by covering with baking paper.
  • Place the onion, garlic and ginger in TM bowl. Chop 4 sec/Speed 9.
  • Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add the bread and drained pineapple to the garlic mixture. Chop 4 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add egg, mince and salt to the ingredients in TM bowl. Combine roughly with the spatula. Knead /2 min.
  • Remove the meatball mixture from the TM bowl and place into a large bowl.
  • Form small meatballs from the mixture and place on the prepared tray. They will be sticky and wet, but they cook up beautifully.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

Teriyaki Sauce

  • Place garlic in a clean TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add the soy sauce, sake, mirin and brown sugar to TM bowl. Heat 2 min/Varoma/Speed 2 (MC OUT)
  • In the meantime, add the cornflour to the reserved pineapple juices and stir by hand until it's combined. 
  • Add the cornflour liquid to the sauce in TM bowl. Cook 8 min/90/Speed 2 (MC OUT)

To Serve

  • Place the meatballs in a serving dish.
  • Pour the teriyaki sauce over the meatballs and garnish with shallots and sesame seeds.


Serve these meatballs with rice or as an appetiser with a toothpick in the top!
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Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

So tonight I thought I would give them a dish I knew they would love. Teriyaki chicken balls… I actually got in trouble for calling them chicken balls. My daughter was horrified. She thought I may even name the recipe that on this website.

My son just giggled and said, “Do you know what that means mum?” I had to string him along for a while and ask him what the problem was, it’s fun being a parent sometimes.

Sushi Rice Bowl

Sushi Rice Bowl

Anyway, these teriyaki chicken meatballs are super easy and got a big tick of approval from the kids. I decided to serve them in lettuce cups with rice. The kids thought it was a little like a Japanese version of “San choy bow.”

Chicken Meatballs

Chicken Meatballs

You can pan fry the chicken meatballs if you like. I found it quicker and easier to just form all the balls at once and place them on a larger baking tray to cook in the oven while I made the sauce.

Thermomix Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

Thermomix Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

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2 thoughts on “Family Friendly Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs”

  1. Sue Watsford says:

    In this recipe it says MC out. Pardon my ignorance, but what is the MC ?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Sue
      Thanks for your question MC is short for measuring cup. This is the cup in the lid. In some recipes, you are asked to remove the MC.

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